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Well Lane, Alkerton, Banbury,
Oxford, OX15 6NL

01295 670303

01295 730362

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open *** CLOSED during 2013 ***

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Mons 25 Apr; 29 Aug (9-6)

Best Times of Year to Visit:

June - Sept

To see:

Shrubs, roses, herbaceous borders, bog plants, clematis

Admission Prices

Adult £5; Child free; Over 60s £4; Season tickets available

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: No
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Food & refreshments for groups booked in advance. DIY tea/coffee and biscuits for individual visitors. Cream teas on Bank Holiday Mondays.

Garden Features & Events

All the wooden garden furniture is specially designed and hand-made - several of the pieces were commissioned to celebrate special anniversaries.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Moody Cow at the Wykham Arms, Sibford Gower

Inns & Pubs:

The Bell, Shenington Moody Cow at the Wykham Arms, Sibford Gower

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Tiny early Norman church in village.

Description of Garden

The four acre garden has been formed by an architect and a plantswoman almost entirely since 1964 on the west facing slope of a valley. Apart from a small area above the 17th century house, the whole site consisted of rough pasture. The landscaping has been designed to link level areas of lawn and terrace with the natural slopes and to create enclosures with yew and copper beech hedges. Groups of now mature trees and shrubs growing in grass, merge the garden into the surrounding countryside.

A wide variety of plants is grown, some rarely seen, including bulbs, perennials, over 200 shrub and climbing roses, flowering and foliage shrubs, water and bog plants, and a gravel garden. A number of the borders are colour-coordinated: soft shades of pink and blue in one, 'hot' colours in another. The White Border is seen against the yew hedge, while the Yellow Border is backed by a hedge of copper beech.There is something of interest to be seen throughout the season. The water garden with primulas, iris, astilbes, day-lillies and many other bog plants is at its best from early June. The extensively planted 'hanging garden' of species, old-fashioned and modern roses for which the garden is renowned is at its peak from late June to the end of July.

Over 60 varieties of clematis scramble over walls and shrubs and around the tennis court, many flowering from July onwards when the herbaceous perennials are at their best. A tea room in the old barn looks out onto a lawn bordered by blue and white agapanthus interspersed with kniphofias in shades of lemon and lime. The season ends with hips, berries and autumn colour. The diversity of planting is supplemented by tender perennials displayed in numerous ornamental containers.

History Of Garden

Designed and planted by the owners over a period of some years, mainly because during the week they both lived in London where Mr David Hodges practised as an architect.

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